Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Ferrari Life Posts: 10
How I bought my 2003 360 F1 Coupe
My ownership of sports cars over the years required that they be finely engineered and look great. That is why an Acura NSX was in my garage at the time the Ferrari 360 was introduced in 1999. The first time I saw a 360, I was stunned by its superb styling. It not only rivaled the graceful lines of the NSX but surpassed it.
My wife and I were living in Las Vegas, NV at the turn of century. A work assignment one day during the Christmas season caused her to be at a casino that was home to a Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini dealer. On Christmas day, I opened a gift she purchased for me, and lo and behold it was a 1999 scale replica of a red on black 360 coupe.
Although I was sincerely grateful for the gift, it did stir a passion in me that was throttled by the current purchase price for the "real thing." Nevertheless, the model found a prominent place on my credenza in my home office.
For sixteen years that model has sat there tugging at my heart. Over the years, I would check the internet for the cost of used versions of the "real thing." This summer, I saw a photograph of a red/tan Spider in a magazine, and this prompted, whimsically, a visit to the internet. To my surprise, I saw that prices for used 360s had fallen to a point that were within our budget. Six weeks later, a vehicle appeared that meet my qualifications. It was a 2003 silver F1 Coupe with burgundy interior. At first, the interior color was a concern, however, as I circulated a picture of the vehicle to family, I received an overwhelming response to "Buy it." Moreover, female were unanimous in calling it "gorgeous." I was convinced, and in less than a week negotiations for the purchase of the car were successfully concluded, and a week later it was on its way to New Mexico.
I have reaped rewards that have extended well beyond the simple pleasure of driving this vehicle. I am grateful to my wife for purchasing that model sixteen years ago for the joy the "real thing" has provided us.